What are some ideas to build AN ULTIMATE RAT CAGE built from my 8'' x 10'' screened in porch?

I do not have much time to spend with my rats anymore and as such I would like to build them a much bigger area for play and exercise in. Here are some factors I need to contend with: 1. I live in florida and it gets HOT, how can I build a cooling down area? 2. What substrate for the bedding should I use? It has to be cheap and I am planning on shoveling and hosing down the area for cleaning. 3. What little features can I provide to entertain them (aka: "enrichment") 4. I would like a little grass area for them, would this destroy the concrete floor? 5. This can be really cool, what would YOU do with all that space? Keep in mind the name of the game is to make cleaning as easy as possible while creating a rattie wonderland. And to answer your question that must be brewing, I only have 6 rats. Possibly when I am down to three rats I will take them back inside and use the outside as a play area or fostering rescued rats. Oh, and I also have a 4''x4'' storage area that could also be utilized(attached to the porch), maybe I'll put them there when it's time to sleep.

Question by slacs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What are some ideas to build AN ULTIMATE RAT CAGE built from my 8'' x 10'' screened in porch?

Inappropriate Incomplete Spam I do not have much time to spend with my rats anymore and as such I would like to build them a much bigger area for play and exercise in. Here are some factors I need to contend with: 1. I live in florida and it gets HOT, how can I build a cooling down area? 2. What substrate for the bedding should I use? It has to be cheap and I am planning on shoveling and hosing down the area for cleaning. 3. What little features can I provide to entertain them (aka: "enrichment") 4. I would like a little grass area for them, would this destroy the concrete floor? 5. This can be really cool, what would YOU do with all that space? Keep in mind the name of the game is to make cleaning as easy as possible while creating a rattie wonderland. And to answer your question that must be brewing, I only have 6 rats. Possibly when I am down to three rats I will take them back inside and use the outside as a play area or fostering rescued rats. Oh, and I also have a 4''x4'' storage area that could also be utilized(it's attached to the porch), maybe I'll put them there when it's time to sleep.

Topic by slacs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What kind of enrichment activities can i organise for 14 yr old science students?

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Needs thoughts on a marxism book? Answered

Id like a book that provides a healthy, educating, and comprehensive overview of Marxism. A book void of too much opinion and lots of refrenses. I'de also like a million dollars, and to live forever. Now, I realize that not a single one of these things is possible, but we can do SOMETHING about my "Marxism book" problem right?

Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A Modern Ancient Philosopher.

It's about time we had some intelligent, thoughtful input to the forums, instead of arguments about the way that the rate of global warming correlates directly with the number of threads about K'Nex (see, I knew I could find something to blame them for!).So, I present for your edification, enlightenment and enrichment, the thoughts of Phistophocles: Book TwoBook ThreeEnjoy, and contribute your own favourite philosophies.

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


School Website Ideas?

I'm part of a club at school, SECME (Science, Engineering, Computer, and Mathematics Enrichment). We do a lot of things like water bottle rockets, mousetrap cars, egg drop, website design, and more. I'm part of the webpage design team, and I need some page ideas for the website. So far I have the homepage, what we do at SECME at our school, pictures, videos, and external links. What else could I add to the website? There is a maximum of 10 pages. Thanks!

Topic by BrianKT 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


America is getting less creative every generation. This is why we need Instructables!

According to a recent Newsweek article, measures of Creativity Quotient have been trending downward for about two decades. "Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test—a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist—has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect—each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling."

Topic by yoyology 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


IDEA - IRC integration in Instructables.com

I just had an amazing (i think) idea....Instructables should host an IRC channel.it would allow people to ask specific questions (often not necessary to archive) and chat without the necessary delay that a forum presents... the forum would still be the way to communicate with the group (whether they're online at the same time as you or not) but the IRC channel would allow for higher speed exchanges as well, thereby improving the ability to collaborate on projects, ask questions, and share insights.The IRC channel should be moderated, and public transcripts should be logged on the site in an openly accessible mannerThis allows others to benefit from previous topics breached in the channel, helps keep it clean, and provides a level of protection for children / young teens who use the site. The logs would be slightly behind the active chat (updated hourly) to discourage lurkers.The IRC channel's current viewers should be posted on the site, as well as an IRC protocol ink to the channel.that way, people can see what sort of activity is present on the server before joining.I believe Instructables has a lively enough membership to support such an endeavor, and that it would enrich the community, and bring us all much closer. I welcome anyone else's input on this idea, and hope the 'Ibles staff will take it under advisement.btw, I'd love a job... the bay area is much nicer than VT for the creatively minded

Topic by gschoppe 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Call for Participation: 3lectromode - DIY Wearables

3lectromode is looking for designers/programmers interested in doing an internship to co-develop future D-I-Y projects. In particular, we are looking for fashion designers skilled in pattern making with an interest in textile design and programmers interested in further developing the Arduino platform for wearables. Respond before May 1 w/ cv & portfolio. Founded and directed by designer-artist Valérie Lamontagne, 3lectromode holds the vision of innovating in the field of wearables by combining technology with customizable prêt-â-porter fashion. We aim to inspire a future where wearables are democratized, aestheticized, and performative. We are a small design group interested in developing accessible wearables which combine D-I-Y technology with current fashion research. We are fascinated with the potential for technology to create new modalities of interaction between the body and its environment, and are interested in the performative potential of technology. Key to our design ethos is a to create a library of open sourced tools which can be used easily by anyone. We develop wearables which we hope will be meaningful to the wearers by enriching everyday experiences with an awareness of both ourselves and the world around us. We see our work as creating a further connection between humans and the world at large of machines, information patterns, environmental data, and organic material. Associate designer at 3lectromode is Magalie Coulombe-Noël, a trained fashion designer and technologist. Fellow collaborators include: Elio Bidinost, physical computing expert; Claudine Lamothe, web programmer and technologist. 3lectromode was founded in 2010 and is located in Montréal, Canada. Contact: valerie@3lectromode.com 3lectromode: democratized, aestheticized, performative wearables. 

Topic by 3lectromode 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A basic (very basic) description of a Brushless DC motor.

So... before I start... I am not a physicist, nor am I an electrical engineer. Hopefully someone within one of those (or both) professions will chime in and enrich this discussion. That said... I'm going to be using leyman's terms. This thread is specifically meant to explain how a brushless DC electric motor exerts a force, and how that force is used to generate work. To start off, I'd Like to explain the components which comprise a brushless DC motor: First... You have an axil. The axil's purpose is to spin. Next you have natural magnets, or solid state magnet; I use the terms somewhat incorrectly, since a natural magnet refers specifically to nickel or ferrous base magnets, but there exist a large variety of compounds and composites that exhibit the ability to produce magnetic fields. In practice you have many in a motor, but for our purposes... we can pretend we have one. The natural magnet's job is exert a magnetic field while attached to the axil. After that we have an electrical coil. Once again, in Brushless DC motors, we have many of these, but for our purposes we'll use 3. The electrical coil's job is to produce a magnetic field which can move in a circle. Finally we have the engine housing. The purpose of the engine housing is to hold everything together. Note: I'm intentionally leaving out the computer control mechanism. there are alot of great instructables on microcontrollers. Most Brushless DC motors requrie one to work since there is no mechanical timing device, as there is in a brushed engine. So... how does this fit together? In this setup the natural magnet produces a force when next to the electrical coil (This coil is also known as an electromagnet). This is because the charge of the coil is opposite to the charge of the natural magnet. Once the Natural magnet and the electromagnetic coil align with each other, the first coil shuts off and the second turns on. Once again the natural magnet is drawn towards the magnetic pole. This process repeats until the natural magnet has spun in a circle (note: usually you want it to continue to spin beyond a single revolution.) That's the basic (very basic) idea behind a Brushless DC Motor.

Topic by Qcks 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago